Western Australian indie rock four piece San Cisco made waves last year with their catchy single “Awkward,” and to coincide with their appearance at last week’s CMJ Music Marathon, they released the second single, “Wild Things,” from their forthcoming self-titled debut LP. While “Wild Things” still follows San Cisco’s lo-fi, garage pop sound, it has a darker edge to it showing the young band’s promise and diversity.
The accompanying Kasmir Burgess directed video comes at perfect timing with Halloween just around the corner. Filled with characters not dissimilar from Peter Pan‘s ‘Lost Boys,’ Burgess has created a fantasy land incorporating nuances from the recent Where The Wild Things Are film adaptation and even some more sinister elements as a cult-like sacrifice ensues.
Burgess explained to Portable that he focused on the darker undertones of San Cisco’s lyrics for the accompanying video as a form of juxtaposition and unexpectedness, “Initially it was the song [that inspired me], which, although light and summery in feeling, has lyrics which suggest a darker narrative. Lord of The Flies, Mad Max and Time of The Wolf were a few of my references. Also, A Clockwork Orange, which often couples unsettling and dark imagery with playful music. This seems to make for a childishly playful and clinically insane kind of violence.”
A VCA School of Film and Television graduate who has also won the prestigious Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival for his short film LILY, Burgess divulged to Portable why there is such an interesting marriage between music and film; “A successful collaboration between a musician and a film maker is a small miracle. When a film maker can compliment and enhance the emotion of a song, that’s exciting. When a film maker re-interprets a song and offer an entirely different story and mood… he/she usually doesn’t get the job. However, if he/she were to get the job, I’d say the result would be… fascinating.”
Inspired by music videos such as Radiohead’s “Just,” the video for “Wild Things” relies on a strong storyline and clever directorial techniques which involves “no tricky music video techniques, in fact no slow motion, no lighting, no wind machine, no CG, no flares and no confetti!” Being a director, Burgess explained his understanding of the importance visuals have in adding another element to an artist’s song, especially in 2012 when the Internet can be a driving force as to whether someone succeeds or not.
“The vast majority of people go online to listen to music and invariably they want something captivating, shocking or scantily clad to look at simultaneously, otherwise they seem to lose interest. Hence, music videos are still relevant to a musician’s ability to find and captivate an audience. Importantly, music video’s allow an artist to express themselves; show their intelligence and sophistication or in the case of San Cisco, express their dark sense of humour.”